2018 Events

Dr. Gary Barkhuizen
Language teacher identity: What is it and why should we know, or care?
Date: February 16th, 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies, American Language Institute at Shinagawa Intercity Tower A 22F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku

Access: Shinagawa Station (http://www.sps.nyu.alitokyo.jp/en/access/) 

Fee: Free for JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members;

Tokyo JALT and Yokohama JALT (with the support of Temple University) are pleased to host Gary Barkhuizen.

Abstract: There has recently been much interest in the interrelationship between teachers’ thinking, their identities, emotions, and their practice. In this presentation I’ll explore these connections by analyzing some interview data from a New Zealand study which investigated language tutors working in one-on-one instructional arrangements in which the tutors and their English learners (adult refugees and migrants) aim together to meet the particular language needs and goals of the learner. What emerges is that an important ingredient of this complex interrelationship is moral stance, such as inclusion and social justice, and that this moral dimension is evident (or should be) in the here-and-now moments of teaching action. In the process I will illustrate ‘short story analysis’ (Barkhuizen, 2016) as an approach to examining the interview data.

Bio: Gary Barkhuizen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry, and he has published widely on these topics. His books include Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (2014, Routledge, with Phil Benson and Alice Chik), Narrative Research in Applied Linguistics (2013, CUP), and Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research (2017, Routledge). Professor Barkhuizen has taught ESL at high school (in Mmabatho, South Africa) and at college level (in New York), and has worked in teacher education in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States. 

GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Pre-school & Elementary

Date: February  4th, 2018

Info: Details are forthcoming

As we get ready to plan for new courses and new students this is a great time to take stock of where we're going and what priorities we want to focus on in the new year. We plan to invite some inspiring teachers/trainers to introduce their materials and activities. Please think of sharing the things that have worked for you this year - or suggest topics you'd like have a presentation on - or work on in small group discussions.
Volunteering for teacher-share sessions is a great way for teachers to develop skills in presenting and running workshops, and is good for CV building. Sessions for both dates can be anything from a 10 minute share to a full 90 minute workshop. Fill in this form and we'll look forward to seeing you in November and/or February. As before, participants are welcome to get together for pizza & more conversation near the station before heading home.

For further information about these younger learner SIG events or if you would like to get involved, please contact Marian Hara at: tokyojaltyl@gmail.com

Kaori Hakone (Shinjuku GEG) & Dave Towse (West Tokyo GEG)
Google Educator Group Workshop: New Google Sites
Date: January 19th, 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Toyo University (Hakusan Campus) Building 3 Room 3304
This workshop on the New Google Sites will be given in English (by Dave Towse) and Japanese (by Kaori Hakone). Google Sites: A contemporary and versatile tool for creating, user-friendly, & collaborative professional looking websites, student portfolios, research projects, & much more!  Join Kaori and David for an overview and introduction to Google Sites, where building a one-stop destination for all vital information, including videos, images, calendars, presentations, documents, folders, and text just got a whole lot easier and will cover how to make, design and use Google Sites for teaching purposes and beyond.

Bio: Kaori Hakone is a Japanese teacher who has taught at K-12 schools and universities in both Australia and Japan and is currently preparing a new international for its launch in mid 2018. Integrating technology into education is her passion and she has created created several multi-touch books through the iBooks store. In addition she also founded a book trailer contest for students in the international schools community in Japan. This passion led her to become a certified Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), an ADE Asia Pacific Board member, a Google Innovator, and a Google Trainer. She also earned the Google Educator Exam level 1 and level 2 certificates and the Apple Teacher certificates and has experience in various teacher education programs such as the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, where she has been an Examiner and a Reader for many years.  
Bio: David Towse is an Educational Technology Specialist and Integrationist, currently based at Seisen International School in Setagaya-Ku. Having moved from a full-time homeroom teacher, David works with students, staff, and admin to move beyond ‘using tech, for tech's-sake!’ He is involved in collaboratively planning, and co-teaching within an IB-PYP setting. David is a MEd student at Endicott College,  a Google Certified Innovator, and Trainer.  You can find and connect with David on Twitter @MrTowse.